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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I am 20 years old. I got my stretch marks from eating and not caring about weight or what it would do to my body ignorant? Yes. As a result One night i got so itchy and I just strated to scratch and those scratches are permenantley on my stomach i have lil ones on my thighs for sure not sure if its on my butt. I started cocoa butter with lil result If u want to get rid of them or atleast make them fade scoop a large amount on the area and cover it. Leave it on for the night. It WiILL ITCH. Do not scratch it. Do this till it completely fades I still have it but its so much smaller and less noticeable mine were brown you'll kno if its getting better by their color and appearance if they're brown or purple it could take awhile but it'll slowly turn pink and then white and back to your skin. If you don't have cocoa butter try aleo vera or vitamin E. Drink alot of water and try going on a diet or exercise It helps the skin to open up more so it could soak in the cocoa butter. That's the reason it didn't work when I tried it the first time. I hate sweat but its healthy and remember to drink litres of water daily . This helps to speed it up faster along with diet and exercise. Let me know if this worked for you :) and I'll share my progress with you all Please try it for you !!!!





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I'm 20 and I'm covered in bright red stretch marks, I've tried bio oil and other things but nothing seems to work! I asked my GP if there was anything they could do and they said no. Just wondering what else I could do? I've lost all confidence from them.





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I got the same answer Don't give up I'm seeing results by scooping large amount of cocoa butter and covering it with plastic wrap don't have that vitamin E and aloe vera works too It'll be itchy but its just because its getting better and the color of it will change to pink then slowly fade :) its working for me I had it on both sides of my belly button one side is already gone :) drink plenty of water and exercise sweating helps and dieting keeps them from coming back Reply to let me kno if its helping you :)

Hello, I am 22 and I have stretch marks all over the bottom half of my body. I have had stretch marks since a very young age and whenever I am on holiday (even in hot countries) I wear trousers and things that will cover up my whole bottom half. I wore a skirt once and someone mentioned to me about having so many stretch marks. I want to know how I can minimise the appearance of them or if possible get rid of them to help boost my confidence massively. thanks





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Am 15 stone and I would like to lose 5 to 6 stone please help me





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Hey im 23 years old i af had stretch marks on top of my leg they are painfull at time and itchy i do not af any children





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Hi I am 44 years old and I was diagnosed with lupus at very young age. I developed stretch marks almost all over my body due to weight gain from steroids. Recently my husband of 20 years just left me saying that he never had loved me and I think I need to boost my confidence by trying to eliminate the appearance of them. I am also very restricted to socialise with friends since I'm very embarssed about them. I am always top to toe covered and only my close family knows about it. I really need help please guide me on the best treatment avilable. Thank you





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Im 45 and have been highly stressed about my stretch marks have them on my breast legs arms and stomach they have become wrinkly now on my stomach and arms. Its something that's always on my mind and it doesnt go away I hate looking at myself always have done since I gave birth to my son at 17 my self confidence is no more I hate myself and been trapped in a old body its sickening.I just want a full sheet of new skin its that bad. Just wanna know if theres any type of make up that could possibly make them look less visible would love to wear a nice vest top or nice dress





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Hi im 13 years old and have stretch marks on my breasts ,inner arms , thighs, stomach ,hips and the inside of my knees i have always been a little over weight but my stretch marks have only appeard in the last 2 months how can i loose weight and get rid of my stretch marks because i really would love to feel confident in my own skin ?





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I'm 17 and I have stretch marks all over my thighs but they are quite light and un-noticeable and most of the time don't upset me. However I have really dark brown thicker ones on the bottom of my back, the back of my thighs and the top of my bum and it makes me feel unconfined. Is there anything I can do to fade them? I've tried Bio oil and it wasn't very effective.





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Hey. I am 20 year old female and i have dark , big stretch marks on my back. Starting from mid back till the lower back. I know it's unusual for a female to have stretch marks on the back. I am worried. What should i do to deal with them?





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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